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Chiba Sensei passes away aged 75

TK Chiba Shihan

 1940 - 2015



TK Chiba Shihan, our teacher and founder of Birankai, died peacefully at his home in San Diego, USA on Friday 5 June 2015, surrounded by his family. We offer Mrs Chiba and family our deepest condolences.

We are saddened by this immense loss, but are grateful that we, like so many Aikido practitioners worldwide, have been touched by his selfless teaching. We all have many stories to tell about the impact he made on our lives and we will honour his teaching by passing on his message to future generations through our practice of Aikido.

Gifts to the family

We know that many of you will want to support Mrs Chiba and family at this time. To leave a gift for the family please use the web page set up by San Diego Aikikai or the account set up by British Birankai. If you are sending a gift from the UK you may wish to use the British Birankai account to keep transfer costs down. We will transfer your donations to San Diego Aikikai together with donor information.

Gifts via San Diego Aikikai

Gifts via British Birankai

British Birankai will be celebrating the life of Chiba Sensei at our Summer School (18-22 July 2015). In 2016 we will be organising several events to honour Chiba Sensei's 50th anniversary as the first Aikikai Hombu official representative in the UK as well as his first memorial.
London Aikikai - Traditional Aikido in London

Est 1968 by TK Chiba Shihan. Officially Recognised By: Aikido World Headquarters (Aikikai Foundation, Hombu Dojo, Tokyo), British Birankai (British Aikikai), Birankai International and Joint Aikikai Council (JAC) of Great Britain

Photo: Chiba Sensei (founder of London Aikikai) and O-Sensei (founder of Aikido)

Original London Aikido Headquarters Dojo

TK Chiba, 8th Dan Shihan, a close and direct disciple of O-Sensei and one of the most renowned Aikido masters in the world, was sent to the UK by O-Sensei to spread his message. He arrived in Sunderland in 1966 and eventually relocated to London, establishing his headquarters dojo, the London Aikikai in 1968. London Aikikai remains Chiba Sensei's dojo in London. We maintain the closest of relationships with Chiba Sensei, receiving regular visits from him. Aikido instruction is given by Chiba Sensei's direct disciples and senior students.

The purpose of London Aikikai is to disseminate Aikido, a traditional Japanese martial art. We practise Traditional Aikido, also known as Aikikai or Ueshiba Aikido, after the founder, O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. Our technical director is T K Chiba Shihan, a direct disciple of O-Sensei.

London Aikikai is an old style Aikido dojo, providing a traditional environment for Aikido study at the highest levels. Our instructors continue direct lineage to Chiba Sensei to the present day, are highly qualified, highly experienced, have internationally recognised grades, and regularly teach at national and international level. Join us for advanced Aikido training or Beginners Aikido Lessons. We practise all Aikido disciplines of Aikido Bodyart, Jo and Bokken, Iaido and Zazen meditation. We are priviledged to regularly welcome visiting aikido students from all over the world.

Dojo Location - West Central London

The dojo is situated in the Westminster district of Maida Vale in North West Central London (w9 1nx). It is easy to travel to the dojo from almost anywhere in London. Maida Vale underground station on the Bakerloo line is close by and there are several bus routes in the area: see the Find Us page. The dojo is located in Maida Vale, close to these local districts:

Warwick Avenue
St Johns Wood
Swiss Cottage



25.07.2015 - 31.07.2015
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22.08.2015 - 23.08.2015
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